Penguin Random House Releases Game of Thrones Enhanced Edition

About four years ago HarperCollins released a version of The Song of Fire and Ice in the Kindle Store which added audio and video. That edition is no longer available, but today Penguin has released a new edition of the ebook, this time as an iBooks exclusive.


The $9 ebook features interactive character maps, detailed annotations, character journeys and timelines, house and sigil summaries, family trees and histories, and “stunning” illustrations.

“We’re now entering a new period in the history of publishing,” Martin is quoted as saying in the press release. “The digital book gives readers the ability to experience all this rich secondary material that had not been possible before. These enhanced editions, available only on iBooks, include sigils and family trees and glossaries. Anything that confuses you, anything you want to know more about, it’s right there at your fingertips. It’s an amazing next step in the world of books.”

Enhanced editions of the later novels in the series will be released in the coming months. At present, A Clash of Kings will hit iBooks on 27 October, A Storm of Swords on 15 December, and A Feast for Crows and A Dance of Dragons in February and March 2017.

HarperCollins is only the latest publisher to take advantage of features exclusive to iBooks. Last October Pottermore published enhanced editions of the Harry Potter series in iBooks.

They had little content which was new or improved over the original text, and were not worth buying; let’s hope the enhanced Game of Thrones ebooks are better.

iBooks via Cult of Mac




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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Amber29 September, 2016

    Maybe I can get my boyfriend to read the books now. 😉

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  3. DavidW3 October, 2016

    The GRRM ebooks are infamous for having outrageously terrible OCR errors. It’s ridiculous that instead of fixing the numerous mistakes the publisher would come up with some stupid glitzy enhanced edition for iOS only instead.

  4. Ben4 October, 2016

    HarperCollins may have released the Kindle version you refer to, but that headline is wrong, this iBooks only edition is Penguin Random House. It says so, right there on the left on the second link 😉

    1. Nate Hoffelder4 October, 2016

      Whoops, thanks for pointing that out.


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